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Young people and gambling in sub-Saharan Africa: towards a critical research agenda

Franklin Glozah#Franklin Glozah##

Equal contributions

Franklin Glozah is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Ghana.

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Christopher Bunn#Christopher Bunn##

Equal contributions

Christopher Bunn is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Glasgow and a senior social scientist at the Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit.

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Junious M. Sichali§Junious M. Sichali§§

Junious Sichali is a Social Scientist at the Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit and a Research Assistant on the British Academy Youth Futures project.

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Joana Salifu YendorkJoana Salifu Yendork

Joana Salifu Yendork is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, University of Ghana.

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Otiyela Mtema**Otiyela Mtema****

Otiyela Mtema is the Director of Programmes at Zaluso Arts, Malawi.

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Michael Udedi††Michael Udedi††††

Michael Udedi is the Assistant Director of Curative and Medical Rehabilitation Services at the Ministry of Health, Malawi.

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Gerda Reith‡‡Gerda Reith‡‡‡‡

Gerda Reith is a Professor of Social Sciences at University of Glasgow.

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Darragh McGee*§§Darragh McGee*§§§§

Darragh McGee is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Bath.

Abstract

Recent decades have seen gambling become a highly lucrative industry across sub-Saharan Africa. Fuelled by the democratisation of access to digital finance and internet technologies, this gambling boom has been concentrated in Africa’s urban economies, where expanding youth populations are increasingly connected to global circuits of sport, popular culture and speculative forms of consumption. This has engendered growing interest in gambling as a distinct and emerging field of academic enquiry across sub-Saharan Africa. To date, psychiatric, epidemiological and behavioural sciences have provided the dominant frame for measuring the extent of ‘problem gambling’ and addiction, but there remains the need to expand and diversify the field to encompass more critical and interdisciplinary approaches that recognise gambling as a densely significant social and cultural phenomenon. This article aims to provide a point of departure for a critical research agenda on the differentiated impacts of gambling on young people and their communities across the continent.

Keywords

gamblingyoung peoplesub-Saharan Africafuture research
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Published on: 2 November 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: Supplementary issue 3
Article ID: 153
Pages:153 - 172
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Glozah with Bunn, Sichali, Yendork, Mtema, Udedi, Reith, McGee (2023), ' Young people and gambling in sub-Saharan Africa: towards a critical research agenda ', Journal of the British Academy, 11(Supplementary issue 3): 153 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011s3.153

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Christopher Bunn#Christopher Bunn##

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Otiyela Mtema**Otiyela Mtema****

Otiyela Mtema is the Director of Programmes at Zaluso Arts, Malawi.

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Michael Udedi††Michael Udedi††††

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Gerda Reith‡‡Gerda Reith‡‡‡‡

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Darragh McGee*§§Darragh McGee*§§§§

Darragh McGee is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Bath.